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How I Found My Inner Jock

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Eleven mile run – done! Or more precisely an eleven mile run-walk-run. I loved it. I ended up feeling great and knowing that I could run more and run faster. And I soon will. Looking forward to it. How did I go from living a sedentary existence to where I am today?

As a kid I remember being chosen last every time. I was embarrassed to run for fear kids would see my fat jiggle. My 5th grade teacher recommended dancing lessons to help awkwardness, not knowing I’d already had three years. I remember my 7th grade coach calling me a “motor moron.” How did I ever find my inner jock?

In 1998 when I hit my top weight of 212 pounds, I had not exercised for more than a decade. Before that a couple times I had started an exercise program at a gym or on my own, but that was just it. I started. Inevitably I overdid it, was so sore I could hardly walk, and would give up. I thought it was just way too hard.

In 1998 I joined Curves. That was the first time I ever exercised fairly regularly. It wasn't too hard and I didn't get sore. I lost 60 pounds, but really did not see any muscle definition nor notice any improvement in my cardio. I did not enjoy the workouts, but endured them in order to lose weight. After I hit my weight goal, I quit. I tried Curves again in 2004-2006, and was really dedicated to getting my workouts in for the first time. It became easier and easier. I used a weighted hula hoop on the “recovery stations” and started really having fun during my workouts.

I changed jobs and Curves wasn’t convenient any more. I walked regularly three days a week for 30 minutes. Pretty soon it was four days a week and then five. Usually I was a little more consistent in the summer than in the winter when it was dark when I got home from work. Then I got a treadmill and consistently walked year round.

For Christmas I got a great present, a Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I loved the indoor walking program and mixing it up with my outdoor walks and my treadmill walks. I stuck to my 5 times a week cardio schedule for several years, but my weight was creeping back up. In 2008 I rejoined Weight Watchers, having regained 25 pounds. I lost the 25 with my 5 days a week exercise routine. I was at the top of the healthy BMI range, but I wanted to make sure I kept it off this time.

That was when I found SparkPeople. I read that exercise was crucial to maintenance. I increased my cardio to 6 days a week, one hour per day. I consistently did a SparkPeople-generated strength training program, too. I added the minimum maintenance food, and was surprised when I continued to lose weight slowly for more than a year.

After four months of SP strength training I was confident enough to join a gym. At our local YMCA I found people at all fitness levels and wish I’d joined earlier. I tried a lot of different exercises – weight machines, pilates, step aerobics, stationary bike, swimming, etc. Zumba became one of my favorites and I found I really enjoyed 70 minutes on the elliptical trainer. My new MP3 player also helped jazz up my workouts.

In January 2011 at the age of 61, a poster caught my eye, “5K Road Race for People Over 50.” I wondered if I could run 3.1 miles. I jumped on the treadmill and did it without much problem. I entered the race and placed third in my age group. It was only the 12th time I had ever run and the third time I had ever run that far. I thought maybe I should start training for real! In the following year I ran six 5Ks and one 10K. Now I’m training for my first half marathon on November 18th.

If you just read the previous paragraph you might think it was foolishly impetuous of me to start running so late in life, but taken in context, the opposite is true. I found my inner jock by taking slow consistent steps over years and gradually increasing the intensity and length of my workouts.

I’ve learned if I dread a workout, I need to slow down. It doesn’t need to hurt to be beneficial; in fact, you should end up feeling great. I do!!
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    Woohoo -- thanks for sharing your wonderful story. I hope many others are motivated by your story.

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NEWTINK 9/16/2012 8:13PM

    Wow i am so impressed .... Congratulations for finding your inner Jock emoticon

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PO_PAZZA 9/16/2012 7:48PM

    Outstanding. You never cease to inspire.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/16/2012 5:00PM

    thanks for the great blog I love it I love that as you get older you get stronger and healthier and I am glad you didnt listen to the negative people or to the ones that called you names you really showed them way to go, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 9/16/2012 4:00PM

    Very inspiring - you can teach old dogs new tricks. You are never to old to make a difference in your own life.

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RANDOM00B 9/16/2012 3:34PM

    Congratulations to you--such an inspiration to a young'un (36) who is trying to re-discover her inner athlete.

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    Wow, way to go. Inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 9/16/2012 2:45PM

  Amazing story - congratulations! I am so impressed.

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    you are simply amazing!

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I always want to smack whoever made the "No pain, no gain" mindset so prevalent. Pushing just beyond our comfort zone, not pain, is what builds our strength and ability. Thank goodness you learned that and have a future with your "inner jock".

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SUNNYRUTH 9/16/2012 1:14PM

    Very inspiring. It's amazing what we can do when we take a chance to live a more healthful lifestyle.

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WOMANATWORK1 9/16/2012 12:54PM

    You rock! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! What an inspiration!

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RONALANA 9/16/2012 12:50PM

    Wow! Congratulations! What an inspiration!

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QUILTANDKNIT 9/16/2012 12:41PM

    Perfect blog to find today. I'm 61 and I just started running. Thanks for the inspiration!

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NEWMOM20121 9/16/2012 11:29AM

    Well done

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CICELY360 9/16/2012 11:16AM

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CHUM48 9/16/2012 10:53AM

    What a great encouraging story! What is amazing to me it's my story up to the walking part. Walking is difficult for me, I like bike riding and just had my hip replaced bike riding is out of the question. I have to walk, I am changing my attitude about it going to something I learnt a long time ago I get to walk. Thanks for sharing!

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MOMMY445 9/16/2012 10:22AM

    what a great post! you can do this! congrats on your successes!

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KANOE10 9/16/2012 10:01AM

    That was a great blog. I am 63 and also finally found my inner jock..although I have not tried running. I also do strength training and walk. You are very inspirational..and I am going to work up to an hour a day!

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    Awesome! Loved reading your journey to becoming a jock!! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 9/16/2012 9:29AM

    Awesome! It's never too late. Being 74, I now exercise more then when I was in my 50's. So keep on keeping on! Good luck!

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Now you have found it, never let the inner jockism (don't even know if that is a word) go!!! This is now part of you for the rest of your life.

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ARTSYGIRL5 9/16/2012 9:04AM

    Great post - just what I needed to read today- off to the park to walk thanks to you

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    Super!

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TRIKERBON 9/16/2012 8:37AM

    I think that is wonderful and very motivating to me! I will be 59 in February and I am contemplating starting a running program for myself by then. I want to get a little more weight off before I start doing that just to save on my knees. I just joined my first virtual 5K with SP to help me get started. I will be walking this one but the next one I will try to throw a little running into the mix.

Thanks again for the inspiration.
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    Great blog emoticon and good luck

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WESTCOASTKID 9/16/2012 8:24AM

    You GO Girl! emoticon motivational story! Makes me think, "Dang it! I might be able to run, too!"

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    How motivating!

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FARIS71 9/16/2012 7:58AM

    That is awesome! Congrats on finding your inner jock! Come to find out I have one too - ha!!

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    great blog. keep up the good work

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    Thank you so much! What a wonderful story! Congrats to you!

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    Thank you for sharing!!

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LUNABYRD 9/16/2012 6:33AM

    I don't think that there is a too late in life time. As long as we start something we are making a good life for ourselves. I am training for a 5k to run on my 50th birthday with my daughter. So, it's never too late! emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 9/16/2012 5:24AM

  Great attitude! ^You learned from your mistakes and that is the most important thing!

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